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saturday nite with… PHONAT

Phonat, whose real name is Michele Balduzzi, is rapidly becoming one of the most respected dance producers in the UK (collaborations include remixes of Dizzee Rascal or Super Mal).

Originally from Italy, Michele was spotted by MofoHifi Records, who were so impressed with the 21 year old artist that the label bosses persuaded him to leave Florence and move to England. Michele, armed only with a 5 year old computer, his electric guitar and a cheap plane ticket, dutifully relocated to London in late 2007.

Phonat already received a fair amount of praise with his single ‘Learn to Recycle’ and, while his new track ‘Set Me Free’ has been on heavy rotation for a while for those who know their game, the real buzz is only getting started now. BBC’s Radio1 residents Jaymo & Andy George recently dubbed it their ‘favorite song of 2009 so far’!

Phonat - Set Me Free     

“Set me Free” is a brilliant fusion of superb synths, massive guitar riffs and French house mixed with nasty electro beats. It’s a knockout track that has all the potential to set dancefloors around the world on fire… It has been remixed by Avicii, Highranking and Louis La Roche. You can get the single with remixes on Beatport and you can also show Phonat some love on MySpace

CHROMEO – NIGHT BY NIGHT (Electro/DiscoPop – Canada)

Chromeo is a Montreal-based electrofunk duo whose music is described as “a shameless return to the glistening, sex-saturated synthpop which ruled the eighties.”

The duo is composed of P-Thugg (Patrick Gemayel) on keyboards, synthesizers, and talk box, and Dave 1 (David Macklovitch) on guitar and lead vocals. The two childhood friends jokingly describe themselves as “the only successful Arab/Jewish partnership since the dawn of human culture.” For your information, David Macklovitch is the older brother of A-Trak (Alain Macklovitch).

Highlights of their 2004 debut album She’s in Control include the club tracks “Needy Girl”, “Mercury Tears”, “Rage!”, and “Destination: Overdrive”. In early 2007 Chromeo supported indie rock group Bloc Party on their British tour. They also released the single “Fancy Footwork” as well as their second album of the same name.

Chromeo - Night By Night     

“Night By Night” is the first single taken off Chromeo’s forthcoming album and it has just been released as a free download courtesy of Green Label Sound. Yay to that!

Stay in touch with Chromeo via their MySpace and buy their music on Chromeo


Florence and the Machine is an alternative rock band from England. It is the recording name of Florence Welch and a collaboration with other artists who provide backing music for her voice.

Florence and The Machine’s music has received praise across the British music media, especially from the BBC who played a large part in Florence and The Machine’s rise to prominence by promoting her as part of BBC Introducing. This led to her playing a number of music festivals in 2008, including Glastonbury and T in the Park. The band’s debut album, Lungs was released on 6 July 2009, and was at the number 2 position for its first five weeks in the charts, behind Michael Jackson.

Check out the track ‘You’ve Got the Love’ just below. This version is a rework by British band The xx and it really turns the song on its head. The result is quite amazing in its simplicity and when you listen to it once you won’t be able to get it out of head…

Florence and The Machine - You Got The Love (The XX Rework)     

This second remix is very original in that it has a very linear structure and emphasizes the vocals, thereby giving a sense of urgency to the whole song. Have a listen…

Florence and the Machine - Rabbit Heart (Leo Zero Remix)     

Florence + The Machine is on MySpace if you want more info and music. You can also buy Lungs on Florence + The Machine

FAKE BLOOD – I THINK I LIKE IT (Disco House/Dance – UK)

Fake Blood

But who the heck is Fake Blood? This is a question that a lot of people have been asking recently…

This artist/producer released his first single “Mars” back in October 2008 on Cheap Thrills Records but his true identity was never revealed. Whenever he played gigs around the UK it was always with a mask…

He quickly became one of the most talked-about remixers and producers on the electro scene without doing a single interview. As a result, bloggers and music fans started to elaborate the craziest theories about his true identity (see this forum for more info).

He is currrently one of the most sought after DJs around. He has remixed the likes of Hot Chip, The Kills, Miike Snow, Calvin Harris, Little Boots or Armand Van Helden to name a few…

Little Boots - Stuck on Repeat (Fake Blood Remix)     

One of Fake Blood’s trademark gimmicks is the fact that his name is uttered by the original artist in each of his remixes (at 1’45” in the remix above). Interestingly enough, the artists aren’t actually asked to record this added bit for the remix, Fake Blood creates it himself by cutting the original vocal part into tiny phonetic fragments and combining them to construct the words “fake blood”. Now that’s a skill!

If you wanna hear more Fake Blood music, visit him on MySpace. If you wanna show your support, buy his releases on Fake Blood